Tuesday, May 6
May 6, 10:27 PM ET
Lakers forward will not play in Game 2
ESPN.com news services
Los Angeles Lakers forward Devean George will sit out Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, and his status for the rest of the series against San Antonio is in question because of a sprained left ankle.
George, who has gained additional playing time for Los Angeles with Rick Fox out because of a torn foot tendon, was injured in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 87-82 loss to San Antonio. X-rays on the ankle were negative.
George said Tuesday that the ankle was still sore, but the swelling
was down, giving him hope he might be able to play this postseason.
"I'm able to put a little pressure on it, but I'll stay on
crutches for another day,'' George said Tuesday. "If I can
continue to progress, I could be back before the series is over.''
Kobe Bryant said the injury bug isn't anything the Lakers can't
"Every position in the triangle (offense) is interchangeable,
so we'll be more than adept at moving Robert (Horry) to the three
spot,'' said Bryant, who had 37 points in Game 1. "We'll get
Devean back shortly, so for the time being, we'll do our best and
move on without him.''
O'Neal said the loss of George will be an opportunity for
Stanislav Medvedenko, who didn't play at all in Game 1.
"I think Slava's going to be a big help -- he can score, he can
play,'' said O'Neal, who had 24 points and 21 rebounds before
fouling out late in the game. "We don't need any offensive help,
but he's that type of player. He's going to have to step up.''